Today’s Link-Love: April 16, 2013

by Stephen Tall on April 16, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… How Labour saw Brown and Clegg in 2010: jokes need to be short or he can mangle them | Ballots & Bullets Lab’s internal pre-2010 TV debates briefing on Clegg: “however he (…)

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How Labour saw Clegg before the 2010 election TV debates

by Stephen Tall on April 16, 2013

There have been a couple of fascinating posts this week by election expert Philip Cowley, a politics professor at Nottingham University. They reveal for the first time the internal briefing prepared for Labour dissecting the debating skills of each of the three party leaders — Clegg, Brown and Cameron — ahead of the 2010 leaders’ […]

Lib Dems’ libel reform retreat points to a wider Coalition problem

by Stephen Tall on April 16, 2013

Frankly, it’s the last thing Nick Clegg needed. After losing several high profile Lib Dem supporters over the party’s botched handling of the Government’s ‘secret courts’ legislation, another core liberal reform, one promised in the 2010 manifesto, is threatened by a Coalition compromise: libel reform. Robert Sharp of free speech campaign group English PEN wrote […]